Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Bar None

Integrity. Corruption.

Flip sides of the coin that envelopes those in power, be they politicians, judges, lawyers, policemen and civil servants, basically anyone with influence. We have had a few if not more over the years - those with integrity and those corrupt.

Commissioner Ramli Yusuf is the latest one under the spotlight, following the footsteps of cabinet ministers, a dodgy judiciary, and others whose actions are not on the straight and narrow.

Are those in the positions of leadership and power not infallible? Are they easily seduced by lucre? Where are the men and women who can withstand temptation and stick to principles and work according to their oath of office?

Are they extinct? What are the reasons and situations that have led to this poor state of affairs? Has the gestation period been so long or is this a recent phenomenon? Is this a result of Malaysia Inc. or just plain greed for those in power?

We don't know.

What we know is that after years of sweeping dirt under the carpet, of fast-tracking projects and fast-talking politicians, Malaysia is now tripping over the carpet and uncovering unimaginable filth.

Helping the poor, the bumiputera, the rakyat are just euphemisms of helping oneself to the till. That it has to stop, and stop now, is stating the obvious.

But the Siber Party of Malaysia (M) opines that beyond rhetoric and the watchmen, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi faces the Herculean task of cleaning the Stygian Stables of the corrupt that is endemic in the country.

We either help him or we get rid of him and put in people who can do that job.

We can do without the fuck-ups!

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